** Warning – photo heavy post!
He’s just a sk8er boi … no, not the Avril Lavigne song, but my just-turned-six-year-old!
Tyler is REALLY into his skateboarding and scootering, so he decided to have a skateboard party this year. More about that later …
So, Tyler turned 6 on Friday. He was SO excited when he woke up, and loved opening his presents from Rob & I, and Ethan. LEGO is still a huge favourite, so we got him a few sets, including an Atlantis one that was on his “list”.
I love that this year, Tyler could read his own cards. I remember Ethan’s 6th birthday and how neat that was.
Clothes and books are Tyler’s other passions (I know!) so Ethan got him a cool skateboard T-shirt and a chapter book. The rest of the family know Tyler well, and he received more LEGO, more clothes, and more books from them!
He was VERY excited about going to school and showing his classmates some of his presents, as well as getting a lunch order (a special treat that only happens on birthdays in our house) and sharing these cute shortbread buttons with his class for morning tea:
On Friday night, my parents and sister came over for a special family dinner. Tyler had requested meatloaf with gravy, cheesy pasta, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes. Followed by chocolate cake and ice cream.
(Excuse the cheap supermarket mudcake, I was saving my cake-making-and-decorating skills for the following day, as you’ll soon see).
Yesterday was the day of the much anticipated skateboard party. Thankfully the weather wasn’t too bad (it rained in the morning before the party, and then again just as the last guest was leaving! Thank you, God). Unfortunately 2 of the 4 friends Tyler invited were unable to come. One had to go out of town for a funeral, and the other was (is) really sick with SWINE FLU (poor Keenan; Tyler & I packaged up some prizes, activities/games, party food and birthday cake and took a box round to his house later on). But Tyler still had lots of fun with his brother and his mates Dominic and Christian.
The invitations were made by a lady on Trade Me (Chic Party Boutique). Aren’t they awesome?! Completely personalised, only $10 for 8, and printed on really good quality A5 card.
The guests were asked to bring their “wheels of choice” (skateboard, scooter, bike, roller blades). Dominic bought his scooter and Christian bought his bike. Tyler had his scooter AND his skateboard, Ethan had his bike and Rob had both his longboards (one of which my Dad took temporary possession of).
When the party guests arrived, Tyler opened his gifts (more LEGO!) and they played a very cool race car game that Rob made up. We had printed off some racing tracks that I found on Google Images, and then Rob had made tiny racing cars with magnets on the back. The boys had to sit their car ON the paper, and hold a Magnetix rod UNDER the paper, to make their car move around the track. Such fun!
Next, we all headed down to the boys’ school (which is only a few min walk away) to ride bikes, scooters and skateboards around on the big courts.
Rob made a ramp from a long plank of wood, which the boys had fun riding over.
I think Tyler is pretty fortunate to have a cool Dad and a cool Grandad who can both ride skateboards! Sadly his Mum has ZERO co-ordination!
For some reason I didn’t manage to snap Rob or my Dad in action, but you can just see my Dad in this shot …
… and Rob in this one!
Half-time oranges from our tree:
When we got back to our place, the boys had heaps of fun designing their own skateboards using felt-tip pens, crayons, stamps, stencils and stickers. I’ve never done an arts & crafts activity at a birthday party before, as I wasn’t sure if boys would really get into it, but they LOVED doing this! In fact, I think this activity would have lasted for AGES, had I not announced that lunch was ready.
After digging into the party food, it was time for the skateboard cake:
Finally, they enjoyed a game of “PC” pass the parcel (prizes in every layer, order completely rigged, etc). The prizes were spinning tops, Freddo Frogs and little skateboard keychains or Tech Decks.
Amazingly, Tyler still had enough energy after all that to attend ANOTHER birthday party for a school friend 2 hours later. The party was a disco at the local hall. Tyler danced NON-STOP for TWO HOURS. He didn’t stop once. Didn’t eat any party food, not even a piece of birthday cake! He just danced. He even won a trophy for his dancing. And apparently there were a lot of comments from the other parents about his skills and stamina. Rob came home and said, “We definitely need to get that boy into another dance class”. Indeed we do.
I’m still getting over the shock of him being 6. Cliche or not, it seems like only yesterday that I was bringing him home from the hospital. Tyler is the most amazing little guy, and he brings me so much joy. Sure, he is stubborn and strong-willed and has a fiery temper at times, but he is handsome and funny (SO funny!) and smart and extremely loveable. He is unique, he thinks outside the box, and constantly teaches me new things. I’m so blessed to have him in my life.
Happy Birthday, Tyler. You’re my little sk8er boi, and I love you! xx